Kiwis find out their doubles opponents at Wimbledon
The doubles draws are out for Wimbledon and top ranked Kiwi Michael Venus has got the best draw among the three New Zealand representatives.
Venus and his new partner, Germany’s Tim Puetz will play the Australian pair of Matthew Ebden and John-Patrick Smith in the first round. The 12th seeds are projected to meet 6th seeds Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury in the third round.
Marcus Daniell and Philipp Oswald are the 15th seeds, and have been pitted against wildcards, Britain’s Jay Clarke, and Romanian Marius Copil. But their projected third round opponents are the best team in the world this year, Croatians Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic, the top seeds at the All-England Club.
The third New Zealand representative is Artem Sitak, and he has teamed up with Argentine Federico Delbonis and they have a brutal draw. They open against a very dangerous pair in Jeremy Chardy and Fabrice Martin. Win that and Sitak and Delbonis would potentially play French Open champions Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert in the second round.
Meanwhile Ajeet Rai has reached another ITF doubles final. Playing with Benjamin Winter Lopez, the pair have won through to the final in their latest event in Monastir in Tunisia.
They have beaten Park Ui-sung and Ryota Tanuma 7-6 (5) 6-4 in 1 hour 28. They will face the Britain’s Julian Cash and Mark Wheelhouse in the final.